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US budget deficit hits record $204.9 billion for November

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:04pm

The federal budget deficit surged to a record for the month of November of $204.9 billion, but a big part of the increase reflected a calendar quirk.

Diageo to build new whiskey distillery in Kentucky

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:48am

Spirits giant Diageo is taking a deeper plunge into bourbon and American whiskey production with plans for a new distillery in Kentucky.

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:33am

Hemp is about to get the nod from the federal government that marijuana, its cannabis plant cousin, craves.

Solar industry blames tariffs for canceled, delayed projects

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:33am

The solar industry is blaming tariffs for delays and cancellations of major solar energy projects.

Feds: US fishermen had good year aided by lobsters, scallops

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:18am

The federal government says U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, a total about in line with trends of recent years.

A move to ban many vacation rentals in New Orleans

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:16am

A New Orleans City Council member has released a long-awaited proposal that would ban short-term rentals of whole houses in residential areas.

Report: Walker strikes Kimberly deal his successor couldn't

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:13am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker planned Thursday to announce a $25 million deal with paper-products giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. using a power that his Democratic successor would not have under a bill passed during a lame-duck legislative session last week, according to a published report.

Apple deepens Austin ties, expands in other tech hotbeds

Michael Liedtke, Matt O'Brien and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:11am

Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub.

Boy Scouts exploring "all options" to address fiscal woes

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:59am

The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring "all options" to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection in the face of declining membership and sex-abuse litigation.

5 convicted in meningitis outbreak case; 1 acquitted

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:13am

Four former employees and an owner of the Massachusetts facility responsible for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds have been convicted of charges including mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

Ethiopia sets 2022 for Nile dam's completion amid delays

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:39am

Ethiopia's controversial Nile River dam will not be completed until 2022, more than four years behind schedule, because of possible defects with the hydro-electrical plant's equipment, an official said Thursday.

The Latest: Minnesota regulators reject attempt to stop line

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:39am

The Latest on Minnesota regulators taking one of their final looks at planned Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline (all times local):

Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:31am

Congress approved an overhaul Thursday of its process for handling sexual harassment claims, capping a tumultuous year that saw more than a half-dozen lawmakers resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

IMF says it is reviewing data provided by Venezuela

Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:25am

The International Monetary Fund said Thursday that it is reviewing delayed economic data provided by Venezuela.

Make these 2 tax moves in time to cut your tax bill

Tim Orem, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:56am

if you make them in time.

The Latest: Rescued man says mine ordeal was 'life changing'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:49am

The Latest on the rescue of three adults at an abandoned coal mine in West Virginia (all times local):

US mortgage rates fall to 3-month low; 30-year at 4.63 pct.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:48am

U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest level in three months, an inducement to prospective homebuyers in a haltingly recovering market.

Renault: no wrongdoing by Ghosn in compensation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:46am

Renault says an internal investigation has found no wrongdoing in the awarding of compensation to CEO Carlos Ghosn, who has been indicted in Japan on charges of falsifying financial reports.

'Secret Santa' pays off layaways at New Jersey Walmart

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:39am

Christmas came early this year for some customers at a New Jersey Walmart.